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Ornaments Infinity Dies and Washi

I just got the new Hero Arts Ornaments Infinity Dies and had to start experimenting with them. I love the variety of sizes and shapes you get, as well as the bow and the ornament tops in two sizes to fit the dies.

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The first thing I did was apply a variety of washi tapes in strips on some cardstock. Then I used the different ornaments to die cut the washi covered paper. After that, all I had to do was attach the tops of the ornaments that I die cut.

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I arranged the ornaments on the stenciled background and popped one of the ornaments up. I used Gold Stickles to make little chains for the ornaments. The heart is cut with the Heart Infinity Dies from glittered pink washi.

For the stenciled part, I used some Gansai Tambi Pearlized Watercolor in peach paint to brush onto a card front. After it dried, I added the Asian Flower Stencil to the card and brushed on some of the white pearlized paint. It gave a faint, imperfect impression for the background…with a lot of shine. You can see that here.

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Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to check out the Brand New holiday goodies in the a2z Scrapbooking store right now! Buy them from us before you can get them from the Hero Arts site!

chark!

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

Hero Arts Bright and Beautiful Challenge

 

Please join us in this months “Bright & Beautiful” challenge for your chance at a $25 gift card to the a2z store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month.

 

 

 

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The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code CHARK15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from within the shop.

 

 

 

 


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Nuvo Gilding Flakes and Hero Arts Wallpaper Cling Stamp

Hi, friends, Chark here today to show you what I’ve been playing around with—The Nuvo Gilding Flakes in Sunkissed Copper. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I love trying new art supplies, so I gave it a shot. It’s so fun! If you like your art shiny, these products are for you.

First, I painted white cardstock, a gessoed manila tag and some kraft paper with teal acrylic paint and Prima Art Alchemy Blue Gold acrylic paint. After that dried, I used a stay-sticky adhesive like the Nuvo glue pen to stamp with. I applied the glue to the stamp, stamped the image on each of the prepared papers and then let it dry while I immediately cleaned my stamp. When this glue dries, it becomes clear but stays tacky. Regular adhesive won’t work with these flakes.

For this tag, I did add a little blue with a metallic gelato on the corners and then I applied the copper flakes to the adhesive. I wasn’t going for a complete stamping, but more of a rough look. I left the brush marks and some white bits too. If you want a complete stamping, I’d use a MISTI so you can restamp the exact same spot with the adhesive multiple times.

For this flower, I applied the adhesive without stamping by applying the pen to the painted paper. It wasn’t until after it dried and the flakes were applied that I stamped the hydrangea. If you want more precise placement of the copper on certain flowers or leaves, apply the adhesive after stamping the flower and after coloring it with Prismacolor colored pencils. 

For the final project, I didn’t paint the kraft completely with the acrylic paint and again stamped it incompletely. I die cut the panel with the Lawn Fawn small cross stitched frame. I added a daisy colored with pencils and a sentiment from the add-on for the Hero Arts July Card Kit.

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

Hero Arts Bright and Beautiful Challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Bright & Beautiful” challenge for your chance at a $25 gift card to the a2z store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month.

 

 

 

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The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code CHARK15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from within the shop.

 

 

 

 


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You’re So Lovely Art Journaling

Hi, friends, it’s Chark here today to share my second completed Art Journaling layout. I used the Hero Arts You’re So Lovely flower stamps, Hero Arts Diamond stencil, Nuvo Aquamarine Mousse and a few different paints.

Here’s the page with the first paint.

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I started with just a yellow paint dauber, added some semi-transparent Pickling Wash paint in blue and yellow, added some torn strips of paper, more paint, stenciled on the page, added the quote and some flowers that I stamped and trimmed out, and some more paint splotches. The final touches were black and white pen and some Mod Podge.

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This is the final project. But I took pics of the process and then corralled my teen son into helping me edit them into a quick video. Well, he actually volunteered after he saw my first attempt…I’m trying not to be offended by that, since it looks so good now 🙂

While I may not be an expert at this yet, it is sooo fun to make art journaling pages and I highly recommend you jumping into the field if you’re considering it. It’s just so fun to play with the supplies and design of it.

I decided that I was going to take my favorite lyrics from the musical, Hamilton, and journal them. This is my first page of that project. It’s Aaron Burr talking to Angelica Schuyler and I was able to put the song to the process so that was awesome.

The video steps go pretty quickly, but you’re welcome to pause if you need to for a closer look and use the audio if you want to hear the song! Click here to watch the video.

Happy Wednesday!

chark!

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

Hero Arts Bright and Beautiful Challenge

 

Please join us in this months “Bright & Beautiful” challenge for your chance at a $25 gift card to the a2z store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month.

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

 

 

 

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code CHARK15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from within the shop.

 

 

 

 


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Hero Arts Diamond Stencil on Black

Hi, crafty friends, Chark here today to share some fun stenciling. I picked up some black paper that is meant for chalk markers and used the Hero Arts Diamond Stencil with Distress Oxide Inks. I used Cracked Pistachio, Faded Jeans and Fossilized Amber with an ink blender through the stencil, just like any inks. The result was a chalky looking, crisp image that shows up well on black. I didn’t use any water with the inks this time around. I cut out the panel with the Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle dies and then used the corner rounder on two corners.

The focal image is the Hero Arts Mum Stem and it’s crazy on sale right now…just $4.50! I used Color Bursts at first but I felt it need some shine and shimmer so I added in some Gansai Tambi Pearl watercolors. They are gorgeous with their shimmer. I want to try them on the black paper next, instead of the white carstock.

For the background for the black panel, I wanted a big contrast, but white cardstock by itself wasn’t working for me. I added a layer of the new Hero Arts Woodgrain Vellum paper and that was just what it needed, some subtle texture (you can see it in the top right of the card).

After I added some gold thread and some beads from my stash (hanging down on the left), it seemed to be missing something, so I added the Congratulations sticker and the gold line stickers on top of a piece of paper swiped with Mermaid Ombre Ink. That seemed to be the trick.

I had fun playing with the Hero Arts Ombre Ink and the Distress Oxide Inks. Hope you’ll have time this month to join in our Hero Arts Anything Goes Challenge!

Happy Monday!

 

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

Hero Arts Anything Goes Challenge

 

Please join us in this months “Anything Goes” challenge for your chance at a $25 gift card to our Hero Arts store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month.

 

 

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

 

 

 

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Chark15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from within the shop.

 

 

 

 


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Summer Coffee Hopping

So excited to be joining in the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop as a sponsor again! Today I’ve got a Hero Arts project for you that uses Digi stamps and some snarky coffee sentiments I typed out in a typewriter font (Gungsuh in my program).

The background for the top left card was made with ink cubes pressed onto cardstock and overlapped. The background for the lower right card was made by repeating the coffee cup image from Caffeine Fix digital stamps and the women are both from the digital Make Your Own Sewing Fashion kit.

To make them summery, I dressed them (with Prismacolor pencils) in red, white and blue. I added rhinestones to both cards and added a little coffee cup to the lady on the left. It’s the same size as the background cups. I have another up on my blog because I couldn’t stop making these little Anne Taintor-inspired cards.

a2z Scrapbooking was founded to help support charities for people with Celiac disease and those with Behcet’s disease. The employees are all volunteers so that every purchase you make means the most money for the charities a2z Scrapbooking supports. One of our favorites to support is Camp Gluten Freedom for children.

Thanks for stopping by and for supporting a2z Scrapbooking Supplies! Happy hopping!

Check out the coffee projects our talented DT has today too!

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

Please join us in this months “Take Shape” challenge for your chance at a $25 gift card to the a2z store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month.

 

 

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

 

 

 

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code chark15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from within the shop.

 

 

 

 


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Hero Arts Winged Friends

Hi, friends, Chark here today with my favorite flower stamp, the Hero Arts Large Hydrangea as a background stamp instead of the focus image. It’s still beautiful and fun to color, but it’s only a supporting player for the main image from the digital collection, Winged Friends (just $2.99 for four beautiful images.)

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I used Prismacolor pencils on the butterfly and Tombow markers on the flowers and leaves.

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I used white embossing powder after I stamped the flowers in Versamark ink and the white lines help keep the watercolor effects of the Tombow markers right where I wanted them. The bleeding and mixing of colors was controlled in each flower this way. Couldn’t love this flower stamp more and there’s just one in stock in the store! If it sells out, you can always special order it at a2z Scrapbooking at no additional cost!

To finish this project, I cut out the stamped panel, adhered it to a white gift bag and added silver border stickers and some ribbon from my stash. It’s ready to go to a birthday party now!

Happy Saturday!

chark!

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

Hero Arts Anything Goes Challenge

 

Please join us in this months “Anything Goes” challenge for your chance at a $25 gift card to our Hero Arts store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month.

 

 

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

 

 

 

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code chark15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from within the shop.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Design Team Call and Birthday Messages Candles

Hi, friends, it’s Chark again today with a card and details on our Design Team Call.

The birthday card I made uses washi tape and sentiment stamps. I used a white panel of cardstock and stamped the small Happy Birthday sentiment sideways to mimic candles. I added some flames with markers.

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I used the larger Happy Birthday sentiment as the focal point and then used three different washi tapes to add a colorful line at the top of the panel. I inked the edges of a white card with the same Strawberry ink as I used to stamp the candles. And that was it!

aLove this Birthday Messages stamp set, it’s got a lot of great stamps you’re sure to use.

Hope you’ll join in our May Challenge Sentiment Focus and use your Hero Arts sentiment stamps as the focus of your card.

Please stop by my blog Glitter In My Kitchen for some more ideas.

And now, onto the Design Team Call…we’re looking for team members for the July-December 2017 term. Here are the details. Email me at a2zscrapping@gmx.com by May 31, 11:50pm EDT to be considered for the new term.

Our DT Requirements

  1. To submit two projects per month showcasing Hero Arts or any other products for sale in the store. This usually includes the newer items, but can also include any of the sale items, digital items or anything a2z Scrapbooking sells.
  2. To participate in the monthly challenge on the first day of the month  2-3 times in a 6 month period, to showcase the challenge with a project that meets the requirements of the challenge.
  3. To commit to a six-month term.
  4. To comment on challenge entries monthly.
  5. To post your project (or a sneak peek) on your own blog/flickr/Instagram/facebook (if you have one) on the day your project appears and the link to the a2z blog.

What We Offer You                                    

  1. 25% discount to both the a2z Scrapbooking store and on craft items (stamps, dies, paper, tools, embellishments, adhesive) from many other manufacturers (any that are available to the owner for purchase) and a 15% discount for your followers/readers to use at the a2z store.
  2. You can also earn freebies each month if you earn the top points by doing your “regular” jobs of commenting and posting, as well as by going above and beyond the basics and posting on IG, tweeting, etc. Three top team members get a fun package each month.
  3. Promotion of your blog and art and a DT blog badge.
  4. Free Hero Arts digital stamps We’re the exclusive retailer of  HA digi stamps/cut files.
  5. The chance to support charities and do good in the world by creating art. A2Z is run by volunteers and was founded to aid charities that support those with Celiac and Behcet’s  This business is in the business of helping people, not making a buck.To be active in promoting a2z Scrapbooking Supplies on social media sites, such as our Facebook page, flickr page, twitter etc.

Cardmakers, scrapbookers, mini-album makers, mixed media artists, etc. are encouraged to apply. We welcome video or photo tutorials, and anyone from any country can apply, as long as you can write your post in English. We can look over your posts and fix anything needed, but a strong knowledge of English is required.

If you’re interested in applying, you should know this team is very supportive and helpful and if life gets in your way, someone is always there to help. We do use Facebook for our team page to communicate with each other, so having a FB account is important. There is no drama in this group and a lot of talented, friendly people.

To apply, send me a link to any of your social media sites (FB, IG, Twitter, flickr, blog, etc) where you post projects so we can see your style. You can also add an attachment of one or two of your favorite projects to a2zscrapping@gmx.com  This is a great team to be on and a great way to build your supplies at a discount.  Hope to hear from you soon!

 

chark!

White Unicorn Ink, Strawberry Hybrid Ink 

Birthday Messages stamps

White Note Cards

Washi Tapes


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Birthday Messages and a Masculine Card

Hi, friends, it’s Chark today with a masculine card…assuming most guys don’t love glitter and sequins like I do (and there are some that do, I’m sure!) then I’ve got a card just right for those guys today. And it fits our new May Challenge theme, Sentiment Focus, where the sentiment is the focus of the card.

I used the new Birthday Messages stamp set and put a bunch of the messages on the mini MISTI. I’m not a great stamper, so I love using anything that will help me stamp and the MISTI comes in handy when you have to re-stamp something.

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I wanted an ombre inked look, I inked up the messages with Summer Sky ink (lightest), then added some Deep Ocean ink (medium) and finished inking with the Navy ink (darkest), all by Hero Arts. Then I stamped the sentiments on a white panel. You can see the ombre better here.

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I stamped and trimmed out another small Happy Birthday message and mounted it to Navy inked cardstock. I popped it up on top of more paper layers to draw attention to it. I trimmed the panel down and mounted it to a black piece of cardstock that I stamped with the new Wallpaper Pattern background stamp in White Unicorn ink by Hero Arts. I love that ink.

For bling, I used the understated Matte Doodlebug Design dots to finish it off. They’re like enamel dots, but they have a soft matte finish. They’re cool to finish off a card without the shiny glittery goodness of sequins.

That’s it for me today, hope you’ll join in our new May challenge here with your Hero Arts products. Join us on the 7th to see the April winners announced.

Happy Tuesday!

chark!

Birthday Messages Stamps

Wallpaper Pattern Background Stamp

Summer Sky Ink, Deep Ocean Ink, Navy Ink, White Unicorn Ink

Snow White Cards

Black Layering Paper


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Floral Border Silhouette

Hi, friends, Chark here today to share one of my favorites right now, the Hero Arts Floral Border Die. It’s delicate and spring-like and makes a gorgeous silhouette when cut from black cardstock.

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For the background, I used Distress Inks and applied the ink pads to a nonstick craft sheet. Then I spritzed with a lot of water and ran the cardstock through the ink. I let the panel dry and then trimmed it to fit behind the die cut.

I stamped the sentiment and swirl from the Color Layering Peacock Stamp set and adhered the whole panel to a card base. It was easy to do and pretty quick. If you want to speed up your ink drying time, you can use a heat gun and it would be even quicker. It looks like you took a lot of time and effort but it really is a fast and easy card.

Hope you’ll join in our monthly challenge Getting to Know You (using your favorite Hero Arts products). You can win $25 to the store! I think my favorite die says I’m fond of flowers and sunsets. Do you think the black against the color looks a little like the trees against the setting sun? I do!

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Happy Monday!

chark!

HA Floral Border Die

HA Color Layering Peacock Stamps

Distress Inks (Abandoned Coral, Mermaid Lagoon, Cracked Pistachio)

Archival Jet Black Ink

 

 


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Nesting Oval Dies Make Great Easter Eggs

Hi, friends, Chark here today and I’m sharing this Easter Birthday card I made with a digital stamp and the Nesting Oval Infinity Dies for the eggs. I have four of the Distress Oxide inks and I spent the whole day and part of the next playing with them.

First I used Squeezed Lemonade smooshed on the nonstick craft sheet and spritzed with water and dragged the card through it. Then I did the same technique using Mermaid Lagoon and a little Faded Jeans and cut a large oval. Then I added the sentiment in Faded Jeans oxide ink. They stamp beautifully too.

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I created the Easter eggs by laying the stencil down and then pressing the Oxide inks (Worn Lipstick and Faded Jeans) through the stencil with a makeup sponge. Then I spritzed with water while the stencil was still in place.

I removed the stencil and let them dry. Then I used the regular Distress Inks in Squeezed Lemonade and Cracked Pistachio to paint the white parts the stencil left. I just put the ink on the nonstick mat and used a wet brush to apply.

I cut them out with the smaller ovals in the Infinity Die set to seem egg-sized.

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Lastly, I printed the butterflies out and then dragged them through Oxide inks on the nonstick mat to color. I didn’t spritz them with water afterward like I did the eggs.

That’s it! I had fun making paper Easter Eggs for this card and trying out the Oxide inks with the regular Distress Inks…they play well together!

Hope you join in our new monthly challenge here.

Happy Sunday!

chark!

Nesting Oval Infinity Dies

Winged Friends Digi Stamps

Distress Inks (mermaid lagoon, squeezed lemonade, cracked pistachio)

Distress Oxide Inks (cracked pistachio, worn lipstick, faded jeans, fossilized amber)

Chevron Stencil Pair

Birthday Messages Clear Set

(you can special order any Hero Arts item that is sold out in the store at no extra cost, just click the custom order button)